Veterans Town Hall
With the support of the local community, veterans and their families came together to listen to veterans discuss their emotional perspectives of war. This Town Hall meeting served as a platform for veterans from Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, and World War 2 to discuss their opinions in a judgement-free zone with the public. After the event, family members became emotional when expressing their misunderstandings of what their veterans had gone through. It is Project Headspace and Timing’s belief that we live in a community that is extremely supportive of its veterans, though sometimes the community isn’t sure how to show it. This event solidified that belief structure, paving the way for future projects.
Bingo at Veterans’ Home
On several occasions, Project Headspace and Timing was able to gather members of the community to travel out to the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno, IL., where they were able to organize bingo events for the veterans who stay there. These events serve as a way for members of the community to not only assist veterans in one of their favorite pastimes, but also to get to know some of the veterans at the Illinois Veterans Home, and to make friendships that extend outside of these events. One of the many ways a community can show its support for its veterans is by spending time with the older veteran community, especially when they may not have family in the area.
Local News Coverage for Veterans
With assistance from The Daily Journal, Project Headspace and Timing was able to shed a spotlight on one of our many incredible veterans who stays at the Illinois Veterans Home. In a day where people are fascinated with superheroes, we have to take a moment to recognize the superheroes that live among us. Many of the veterans in our area have incredible stories that they are more than willing to share with those of us that have a moment to listen.
The story can be found HERE
Granting the Wish of a Local Veteran
In the spring of 2018, a friend of our organization made us aware that their father, a decorated World War II Veteran by the name of Ray Olley, had a dream. See, Ray had an “heirloom” of sorts hanging in his garage: his childhood canoe, 96 years young. Ray’s dream was to be able to sit in his canoe, out in the water, one more time. Unfortunately, Ray had been dealing with some health issues, and the canoe had been dealing with some health issues of its own, with a worn-out keel and much needed patching. But, thanks to an incredible community and an amazing local custom motorcycle shop(Shout out to Kustom Kreations by Kibbons) rallying behind him, P.H.A.T was able to raise enough money and assistance to get Ray and his granddaughter out in the water again. The emotions ran high as the canoe was to have been painted to resemble Ray’s battleship in World War II, the LSM-311.
More on the story can be found HERE
More on Kustom Kreations by Kibbons can be found HERE